Futsal

Teams of masters students, alumni, and faculty matched up in the second annual Barcelona GSE Futsal (indoor football) Tournament. After a morning of hard-fought matches, the faculty emerged as the surprise victors! After the tournament everyone enjoyed a community paella back on campus.

See photos from the tourney on Flickr

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BGSE Voice

Student blog: BGSE students get PhD offers

In the last few months, several BGSE students have gotten PhD offers. This post presents the full transcript of the interview with Erfan Ghofrani, Rachel Anderson and Cristiano Mantovani, interviewed by one of our editors, Demas Koh.

Are you a current student with a PhD or job offer for after graduation? Don't forget to inform BGSE Career Services!

Barcelona GSE Voice
Sant Jordi

Books and roses: Sant Jordi recommendations from the BGSE community

Sant Jordi (or Saint George's Day) is a holiday in many parts of the world. In Barcelona and all around Catalonia, the streets are full of small stands selling books and roses, which people exchange with their loved ones.

The newspaper Expansión asked 50 directors and thought leaders from organizations in Barcelona for their Sant Jordi literary recommendations. Among those asked were four members of the Barcelona GSE community. Here are the books they recommended:

Teresa Garcia-Milà, director of the Barcelona GSE

  • A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, by Margaret MacMillan

José García-Montalvo (UPF and BGSE)

  • Straight Man, by Richard Russo
  • Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by Antonio García Martínez
  • The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Think Fast, Think Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

Jordi Gual (President of CaixaBank and BGSE board member) and Pau Relat (President of FemCat, a BGSE board member institution), also shared their Sant Jordi picks.

Other newspapers also asked for book recommendations from members of the BGSE academic community. For example, Guillem López-Casasnovas (UPF and BGSE) suggested Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes and The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann when asked by the newspaper El Punt Avui.

Happy Sant Jordi reading to all!

Expansión
faculty

Ruben Durante wins American Economic Association's 2017 AEJ Best Paper Award in Applied Economics

Each year, an article from each American Economic Journal is selected from nominated articles for the AEJ Best Paper Award. This year, an article co-authored by Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor Ruben Durante (UPF and BGSE) was chosen to receive the AEJ: Applied Economics Best Paper Award.

In the paper, “Market-Based Lobbying: Evidence From Advertising Spending in Italy,” authors Stefano DellaVigna, Ruben Durante, Brian Knight, and Eliana La Ferrara study how firms in Italy changed their advertising spending when media mogul Silvio Berlusconi was in power. They estimate that Berlusconi’s private television network, Mediaset, saw a significant boost in advertising spending from firms between 1993-2009, especially from companies in more regulated sectors. (AEJ: Applied Economics, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2016)

A non-technical summary of this paper is available on the AEA website: Do firms lobby politicians by patronizing their businesses?

American Economic Association
alumni

Videos, photos, and more highlights from Alumni Meeting 2017!

It was an amazing weekend with more than 200 alumni participating in the Alumni Meeting events. The entire BGSE team was so happy to reunite with you, catch up on what's new in your lives, and share experiences like the beer tasting and the firewalk!

Alumni Reunion page